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THE DAYS OF '56
"Chad" Drops Into a Reminiscent
flood and Writes a Thrilling
Story for the Union.
The First Congregational Church of
Princeton and the Pursuit of
Marauding Redskins.
To Judge Chadbourne, one of the
first settlers in this village, we are
indebted for the following remin
iscences of Princeton fifty years ago:
"On the 19th of last month," said
Chad," "was Princeton's fiftieth
birthdaya day which we neglected
to celebrate. The other night, while
in a reflective frame of mind and mus
ing over the days that have long since
passed away, I thought of, among
many other things, the first school
house that was built in Princeton and
compared it with the splendid struc
tures which we have now. This
school house was built fifty years ago
next fall. It still stands and is now
occupied by William Martin. At
about the same time that this school
house was erected I built a house
near where George Young now re
sides and lived in it two winters.
Going back to the school house, I can
tell you we had some great and glori
ous times in that old building. Our
deoating club and our lyceum were
amazing and amusing organizations.
At least they appear that way when
my mind's eye compares them with the
high school clubs of today. And our
orators! They were the crudest bunch
of mossheads possible to imagine. As
to the high school building we have in
Princeton today, I do not suppose
there were any in the United States at
that time which would compare with
it. Even Boston, the cultured city of
the east, possessed no school structure
which would approach it in magnifi
cence.
"The Congregational church of
Princeton will shortly celebrate its
fiftieth anniversary. I attended the
first service in the first church of that
denomination that was built here, and
I-wonld be pleased to hear from any
other person who was present upon
that occasion. I think it was in
June. 1856, when the Rev. Twitchell
came here at the solicitation of
Samuel Ross, the resident townsite
proprietor, and held services in a
14xl6-foot log house which was lo
cated near where the Hunt housere
cently destroyed by firestood. This
was the first Congregational church.
All that could possibly attend the first
service did so. I at that time was
running a hotel for Mr. Ross, and
while I went to church, my wife and
the two daughters or Mr. Ross re
mained at home. Work which was
necessary to be accomplished pre
vented them from accompanying me.
During my absence from the hotel
about thirty canoes loaded with In
dians came down the river and raided
the settlers. They killed a cow in
Dexter Payne's dooryard and took it
with them. When they reached the
hotel they tried to get into the grub
pile and my wife clubbed them away.
They then smashed things in the bar
room, and shot my dog, which ob
jected to their proceedings. When I
arrived home things looked pretty
much dilapidated. By that time the
Indians had moved down the river
and cleaned out a few settlers on
their way, and these settlers were ar
riving in town with their tales of woe.
Then it was that fifteen of us gathered
together and pursued the Indians on
the shores of the river. We discov
ered that not a single house had es
caped their raids, and in one instance
an Indian had held a knife to a
woman's throat while the rest gath
ered up all the edibles upon the prem
ises. We came up with the "varmints'
about two miles this side of Spencer
Brook. At this time there were only
seven in our party, the rest having re
turned. The red rascals, when we
first observed them, were on the oppo
site side of the river shooting pigeons.
The land upon our side of the river
was low while the Indians occupied
an elevated position upon a high sand
bank. When they saw us they imme
diately shot off their pigeon charges
and loaded with bullets. There were
about fifty or sixty of the redskins
and but seven of us, but it would not
do to show fear. We looked about
for means to cross the river and
finally found three logs. These we
lashed together with willows. At first
Damon, Baker and myself crossed and
Baker returned for the rest. Then
Damon and I commenced climbing the
bank, pulling ourselves up by the
brush. The bank at this place was
twenty or thirty feet high and the In
dians stood above waiting for us. We
climbed abreast of each other and I
ig,% -i
was afraid that when we bobbed our
heads above the bank they would kick
our faces off. However, as soon as
they saw us gain the top of the bank
they stepped back. There we sat
down and awaited the rest of the boys.
Among us was a fellow with lots of
cheek. He pulled from his pocket a
bunch of papers which he represented
to be government documents and pro
ceeded to lecture the Indians, giving
them h generally. This had the
effect of deciding the villains to return
to us a large quantity of the stuff
they had stolen, and when we reached
home we offered up prayers to the
Lord for protecting us from the scalp
ing knives of the red devils.
"As this adventure oecuned upon
the day of the inauguration of the
first Congregational church in Prince
ton it will doubtless prove of interest
to at least the members of that denom
ination.
IN MEMORIAM.
Services in Honor of Departed Heroes at
Methodist Church.
Notwithstanding the fact that the
weather was cold and skies clouded, a
large congregation assembled at the
Methodist Episcopal church last Sun
day morning to honor the memory of
the heroes of '61. A Grand Army
flag graced each side of the platform
while the stars and stripes enfolded
the pulpit. The members of G. A. R.
Post No. 142 had met at their hall
and marched to the church in a body.
The services were opened by a
beautiful selection from the choir en
titled ''One Sweetly Solemn Thought."
Then followed the invocation by Rev.
J. R. Henderson, who with much feel
ing asked God's blessing upon those
who yet are among us of the nation's
heroes who preserved our great na
tion in a time of peril. The pathetic
and patriotic solo. '"One by One," was
then excellently rendered by Fremont
Woodcock. The scripture lessons
were read by Rev. J. R. Henderson.
The Memorial address was delivered
by Rev. Cathcart. He carefully
traced the history of the nation from
the discovery of America by Colum
bus to the present time. In substance
the Rev. gentleman said: This is
God's nation it was discovered by
his providence, when His people were
driven from oppressive Europe they
found a home in this land, where they
determined to worship God in liberty.
Political freedom is the only and
necessary result of religious freedom.
We cannot have one without the
other. The school boys reasoned that
if man has the right to worship God
as he pleases he must also have the
right to make his own laws and en
force them. The Declaration of Inde
pendence was the necessary result of
the agreement in the cabin of the
Mayflower. Independence is one
thing stable, intelligent, righteous
government another. The articles of
federation were a failure as a scheme
of government. Thirteen years of ex
perience proved the necessity of a con
stitution. Constitutions are plants
of slow growth. Each state had its
own peculiar laws and institutions.
Some of them sanctioned slavery in
opposition to the principles of the
Declaration of Independence while
others excluded slavery as being con
trary to the principles of the Declara
tion of Independence and contrary to
the laws of God. These great ideas
clashed. The South determined to
establish a government founded upon
slavery. They declared themselves
free. They assaulted the flag. They
began hostilities. The nation called
for defenders. The enlistments under
the stars and stripes was the response.
The soldiers of the Union Army gave
their lives to their country. There
is no greater sacrifice. "Greater love
has no man than this that a man lay
down his life." They made the great
sacrifice. They solved the great
problem of government of the people
for the people by the people. What
we have we owe to them. The world
is blessed in their service. Every
thing in government morals and re
ligion has cost the lives of martyrs.
The equal rights of man is now recog
nized by all nations. Our patriots
purchased the great boon with their
blood. Coming ages through time
and eternity will honor them.
Splendid and appropriate music
was rendered by the choir under the
direction of Mrs. H. C. Cooney.
Another Great Horse Sale.
Next Saturday, June 2, Emmet
Mark, the well-known and reliable
auctioneer, will hold another of his
great sales in Princeton. At this
auction will be offered a large num
ber of western horsesthe pick of the
ranges. Cattle, hogs, farm imple
ments and all other such articles as
farmers may bring in will be sold for
them or purchased for cash. It is ex
pected that this sale will be the larg-IJSlr6
est of its kind ever held in Princeton. I^
See deails of
Term Will Commence in Princeton
on July Fifth With Efficient
Corps of Instructors.
Every Teacher in the County Who
Expects to Teach Next Fall
Should be Present.
The summer training school will
open in Princeton on July 5, and
every effort is being put forth by the
county superintendent and instruc
tors to make it the most highly suc
cessful scholastic term of this nature
ever held here. Some of the ablest
educators of the state will deliver a
series of lectures and many of the
most talented local speakers will ad
dress the teachers.
The model school work in the higher
grades will be an entirely new feature.
The methods in teaching this work
and of permitting seventh and eighth
grade pupils into the classes has
never before been introduced into the
training school curriculum. To Miss
Jones, a competent instructor in the
normal department of the Browns
Valley schools, will be assigned this
particular work. Drawing, civics,
physics, grammar, geography, al
gebra, geometry, reading and music
will also form part of the course.
There is considerable talk among
local teachers of attending a summer
school in some large city where a six
weeks' course may be obtained, the
term here being but four weeks. It is
well known to persons who have kept
in touch with summer schools, how
ever, that the smaller institutions ac
complish better results than the larger
ones. This arises largely from the
fact that the instructors in the latter
have not so much time at their dis
posalthey have more pupils to teach
and consequently more work. Cn other
words, they have not the time at their
command to go into detail with that
thoroughness which the instructors in
the smaller schools have.
It has been asserted that more com
petent instructors are furnished to the
large schools than to the small. This
is an erroneous allegation, for it is
necessary that the teachers be of the
best, whether they instruct classes in
a city summer school or in that of a
village. A nonproficient instructor
is never assigned to this class of
work. All are either graduates of a
university or a normal school. At
this year's term in Princeton a force
of instructors will teach which for
proficiency can scarcely be excelled.
The expenses, such as board, books,
etc., while attending summer school
is also a matter of much importance
to the teacher. In Princeton every
item will be found far less costly than
in the cities, and, besides, the pupils
will have the advantage of being
nearer their homes.
Every teacher in the county who ex
pects to teach next fall should not
fail to attend the summer school for
at least a portion of the term, and, if
possible, should take the full course.
JUDGE SEABLE STRICKEN.
Learned Jurist Sustains Severe Stroke of
Apoplexy at Long Prairie.
Judge D. B. Searle of St. Cloud was
attacked with apoplexy at Long Prai
rie, where he intended delivering the
Memorial day address, early yester
day morning. The previous evening
the judge appeared to be in his usual
good spirits. He called upon Senator
Wood and later entertained many of
his old friends at the Reichert hotel.
At about 7:30 yesterday morning
groans were heard issuing from his
room and the landlord, M. L. Reich
ert, ordered the door to be forced
and found the judge, unconscious, ly
ing on the floor. A doctor was im
mediately summoned and before noon
the judge had recovered consciousness
and seemed to be resting easily.
Judge Searle's friends, of whom he
has many in Princeton, are much con
cerned over his sudden affliction. He
is greatly beloved in this village and
vicinity, and the hundreds who know
him sincerely hope that he may fully
recover. DR. CLEMANS PREACHES TONIGHT.
Denver Memorial Sermon in the
Methodist Church at 7:30.
This evening, May 31, Rev. Dr. E.
C. Clemans, the presiding elder of the
Duluth district, will preach a memo
rial sermon at the M. E. church. Dr.
Clemans has been a member of the
state militia for more than twenty
years and he served as chaplain of
the Twelfth Minnesota in the Cuban
war. He loves his country and is
ever ready to pay tribute to the
memory of her brave defenders.
The thirdfcerquarterly conference will
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in Honor of Soldiers Who
Have Passed Away.
Residents of Village Strew Spring's
Hair Flowers Upon the Graves
of Their Beloved Ones.
Yesterday was Memorial daythe
one day in the year especially set
apacfc by the American nation to pay
tribute to its soldier deadthe day
whicji every true American, whether
he ripides in this country or in some
rem||e part of the globe, observes
the (|iy above all days that should be
heldSacred.
WMi true patriotism Princeton be
fittiiiely observed this day. All
of business were closed and the
ints of the village generally at
the exercises held in comrnem
of the heroes who sacrificed
ves to their country's cause,
salubrity the day could scarce
been surpassed. It was one of
spring's supreme creationsethereal
ized|by the balmy zephyrs which float
ed M|reen the pines and gathered from
the ||ild flowers that redolence known
onlyfto dwellers in this glorious clime.
A large number of people from Mil
aca} Poreston and other neighboring
towns were present, including many
veterans, who did not form part of
the^ procession to the cemetery. The
towtfwas fairly crowded with people
and ..the opera house packed to the
doors.
At 1:30 p. m. the members of Wal
lace T. Rines post and other veterans
met in the Armory hall and from there
proceeded, under Commander Thos.
H. aley, to Jesmer's opera house,
where the exercises were held.
Adjutant A Z. Norton presided
and- |he observances commenced with
a chorus by the choir. Rev. Hender
son then offered the invocation, which
was fallowed by a solo and chorus,
Hentiyr Avery rendering the solo.
The^gfrator of the day, Hon. C. A.
DMjIiij^ghen delivered an_address in a
most impressive mannerT^^'Mr.
Dickey's oration was substantially as
fallows:
Time in its ceaseless march may en
shroud the glory of kings in the dark
pall of oblivion, but it will invest
with ever increasing radiance the
triumphs and conflicts of heroic and
devoted minds. Luther and the Re
formation, Hampden and British
liberty, Lincoln and American eman
cipation. So long as honor and
patriotism hold their abode in human
hearts will these be the watchwords
of freedom. Mighty men were these,
and vast and far reaching were the
results of their lives and the princi
ples for which they fought.
Luther spoke and wrote for the prin
ciple of religious freedom Hamp
den for relief from kingly tyranny
and Lincoln for an absolutely free
nation and universal suffrage.
The freedom of thought, word,
speech and action which we as a na
tion and as individuals now enjoy are
not the result of the wisdom or striv
ing of a day or a week or a year or a
century.
The human race in its infancy was
but a poor, weak, savage and ignor
ant mob of individuals: savage and
selfish by instinct narrow and bigoted
in all things mental and spiritual.
But the divine spark was there, and
through all the centuries since the
Divine Creator said "Let there be
Light," that spark has grown and
strengthened till the spark has become
a mighty beacon enlightening the
world. Untold generations of men
have come and gone: kingdoms and
empires have risen and fallen great
men and women have flitted across the
stage and are of the past. But
steadily has man worked upward and
onward. Nineteen centuries ago, in
one of the sunniest parts of Italy
where the sky is ever blue, and the
breezes are ever soft, there stood one
of the stateliest and most beautiful
cities the world has ever seen. Far
away to the north, south, east and
west stretched the great highways that
connected her with all parts of the
then known world. Over these roads
marched her mighty armies going to
and returning from the conquest of the
world till Rome was indeed and in
truth sitting on her seven hills and
mistress of the earth. Literature, art,
architecture and war were her idols
temples, palaces and public works
that were dreams of beauty crowned
her hills. She was the mother of
Horace, Virgil, Cicero, Caesar and
Livy. To her citizens she was the
sum of human endeavor and was called
the "Eternal City." Yet Rome fell.
And how poor and imperfect to us in
the light of the twentieth century seems
all her claims to all that is great and
noble. Not until the latter part of the
nineteenth century did men really
awake to the true meaning of liberty
and greatness. And on American soil
between the years 1860 and 1866 was
witnessed the mighty struggle to en
force the doctrine that "all men are
created equal." Before that time this
doctrine was often proclaimed, but not
until that time did men by the thou
sands and tens of thousands go to
their death to make it a fact in this
our country. But that time came and
at the call of the great emancipator
you gray-haired men with more than
a million more of the flower of our
youth marched forth to prove that men
will die for liberty. Not all died on
the field of battle or in hospital.
Some are with us yet. Some are
among us today. Gray of hair,
wrinkled of face and feeble of step are
the majority of this remnant of the
bright faced boys who so joyfully
marched to the front during that dark
struggle. It is meet, it is fitting that
we who enjoy the results of their la
bors and trials should once each year,
at the time when the world is abloom
with the flowers of spring and the face
of the old earth is as a garden, gather
thus and commemorate the heroes of
the great struggle. One of America's
greatest painters in words has said:
"The sorrow for the dead is the only
sorrow from which we refuse to be
divorced: every other wound we seek
to heal: every other affliction to for
get. But this wound we consider it a
duty to keep open: this affliction we
cherish and brood over in solitude.
Where is the mother that would for
get the infant that perished like a
blossom from her arms? Who even
in the hour of agony would forget the
friend over whom he mourns? Who,
when he sees the grave closing over
the remains of her he most loved
would purchase happiness that must
be bought by forgetfulness?
Oh, the grave, the grave. It buries
every error, extinguishes every re
sentment. From its peaceful bosom
spring naught but fond regret and
tender recollections. Thus the heart
speaks concerning those near and
dear to us. And this day we meet to
emphasize our sorrow' for a nation's
dead. "W**M
But while thus expressing our sor
row for the dead let us not forget our
duty to the living. Our government
has done something for those who
served it so well in the time of trial.
Much can yet be done by the govern
ment and much by us as private citi
zens. When we meet and greet these
old boys who wore the blue when we
were but babes let us outwardly and
in our hearts doff the hat and stand
at the salute. Let usa give them the
hearty grip of the hand and the
cheery word, and thus make their re
maining days a well earned period of
respect and love. Let us remember
that they made possible the life we
now enjoy. Let them see that the
American of today does not forget
what they did in the dark days of the
nation's peril. Let us put away all
frivolity and public amusements on
Memorial day and make it indeed a
day of commemoration. I note that it
is proposed to change the day from
the 30th of May to the last Sunday in
May of each year. The reason urged
is that this will prevent the desecra
tion of Memorial day by pleasure
seekers who only see in this day a
holiday. There may be some merit in
the suggestion, but we should not be
compelled to resort to artificial meas
ures to compel a proper observance
of this our day of national mourning.
The good taste and gratitude of this
great people should forbid any fri
volity on this day. The American
father and mother, teacher and
preacher should train up a people who
would of their own accord meet and
do honor to the nation's dead. I do
not mean that we should go about
during the whole day garbed in
mourning. But we should observe
the day in a manner that outwardly
would show the onlooking world that
we are not rejoicing. We as a nation
have one day especially set apart on
which to rejoice and be glad. All of
us as loyal Americans on the morn
ing of the 4th of July, mentally, if not
physically, join with the small boy in
making as much noise as we can to let
the world and other planets know that
we are the biggest and proudest thing
in the way of a nation that ever hap
pened on this old earth that we are
free and independent of all other peo
ple, and that something over a hun
dred years ago, when we were but a
small affair, we gave John Bull the
licking which he had been looking for
and deserving for a long time. So
we all, boys and men, light the gentle
giant cracker feeling as we do so that
if it blows our heads or hands off
that we have suffered or died in a
Continued on Page Eight.
The Best-Attended School Meeting
Ever Held in PrincetonMuch
Interest Manifested.
Directors Elected: McMillan, Wood-
cock, Byers, Skahen, Eaton
and Ferrell.
It was a record-breaker for school
meetings in Princetonthe special
meeting to elect six directors for In
dependent School District No. 1 in
the hign school building last Thurs
day evening. C. H. Chadbourne was
chosen moderator, and J. C. Borden
and J. F. Zimmerman judges, and
Chas. A. Dickey clerk of the election.
The polls opened shortly after 7 p. m.
and were kept open until about 8:30.
Every one voted who wished to, and
374 exercised that privilege.
It was a good-natured contest and
yet there was considerable rivalry
and a great deal of interest was mani
fested, as is evidenced by the fact that
there was such a large turnout. The
ladies were out in force, but there is
no representative of the gentler sex on
the board. There were eight tickets
in the field, but the candidates were
the same on most of the tickets only
the names were transposed. For in
stance, the names of E. L. McMillan
and A. W. Woodcock would appear
on one ballot "for term ending Aug.
1, 1906," and on another ballot "for
term ending Aug. 1, 1908." The vot
ers were somewhat confused over the
different terms. C. A. Jack's name
appeared on only one ballot for the
two year term and he failed of an
election. Mrs. Rose D. Patterson re
ceived 245 votes46 for term ending
Aug. 1, 1906. 195 for term ending
Aug. 1, 1907, and 4 for term ending
Aug. 1, 1908, yet she failed of an
election because R. D. Byers and J.
J. Skahen each received a few more
votes for the second termByers 202
and Skahen 200. In other words, 50
of Mrs. Patterson's friends wasted
their votes.
The candidates elected were E. L.
McMillan and A. W. Woodcock for
the term ending Aug. 1, 1906 R. D.
Byers and J. J. Skahen for the term
ending Aug. 1, 1907 and W. H. Fer
rell and G. A. Eaton for the term end
ing Aug. 1, 1908. It is a first-class
board in every respect.
Mr. McMillan received the highest
number of votes of any of the candi
dates, a total of 299 of which 257
counted: Mr. Ferrell 273 of which 221
counted Mr. Woodcock 264 of which
222 counted: Mr. Eaton 250 of which
206 counted Mr. Byers 222 of which
202 counted: Mr. Skahen 201 of which
200 counted. As stated, Mrs. Patter
son received 245 votes in all for the
several terms, but only 195 counted
and she was defeated. Of course the
two candidates receiving the highest
number of votes for any single term
were declared elected.
The officers elected are required to
meet within ten days from the date of
election and organize by choosing
a. chairman, a clerk, and treasurer.
Officers-elect are also required to
qualify within ten days after election
or notification of election by filing
with the clerk of the district their ac
ceptance of the office together with
their official oath.
GRADUATING EXERCISES.
Diplomas Will Be Presented to High
School Students on Monday, June 4.
The graduating exercises of the
Princeton high school will be held in
Jesmer's opera house on Monday
evening at 8 o'clock, and a number of
particularly bright pupils will at that
time be presented with diplomas by G.
A. Eaton. A most interesting pro
gram has been prepared for the occa
sion, which last week's Union pub
lished in full. The musical portion
of this program was prepared by Mrs.
C. A. Caley and the numbers re
hearsed under her personal supervis
ion and instruction. This is sufficient
guarantee that perfection in presenta
tion will be assured.
The salutatorian selected for this
year's exercises is Miss Kathryne
Isabelle Kaliher and the valedictorian
Miss Mary Irene Patterson, two of
the most talented elocutionists of the
graduating class.
On Sunday morning next Rev.
Father Levings will deliver a sermon
to the graduating class at 10:30
o'clock in the opera house.
The students who will receive
diplomas on Monday evening are:
Mable Gennow, Charles J. Walker,
Helen Doris Patterson, Monroe
Ames, Lillian Frances Kaliher, F.
Fremont Woodcock, Kathryne Isabelle
Kaliher, Chas. M. Brace, Agatha
Henrietta Parks, Mabel S. Prescott,
Harold Van Alstein and Mary Irene
Patterson.
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